Two scholars have high learning hopes

The two most recent Water
Authority-Cayman scholarship award winners are Sabrina Douglas and Jodiann
Jackson.

The Water Authority-Cayman
Scholarship was established in 2006 as a means of giving back to the community by
assisting young Caymanians in achieving their goals of higher education, particularly
in subject areas relevant to water and wastewater management. The scholarship
to both Ms Douglas and Ms Jackson are valued at up to CI$25,000 per year. 

Ms Douglas was awarded the
2009/2010 Water Authority-Cayman Scholarship to continue her pursuit of a
bachelor of science honours degree in marine and freshwater biology at the
University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. 
She has already completed one year of the degree programme. 

Ms Douglas is the daughter of John
and Pam Douglas of Savannah.  She
attended George Hicks High School and graduated from Niagara Christian
Community of Schools in June 2009 before enrolling at the University of Guelph
this fall.  Ms Douglas has worked with
the Water Authority in the Water Resources and Quality Control Department over
the past few summers, including this year, and thanked the Water Authority for
the scholarship. 

She plans to return to the Water
Authority to work after graduation and hopes to make a contribution to the
preservation of the environment in Cayman and the region.

Ms Jackson has been awarded the
2010/2011 Water Authority-Cayman Scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in
environmental engineering at Florida International University in Miami,
starting this fall.  Ms Jackson graduated
with honours from John Gray High School in 2008 and earned an associate degree
in physical sciences from the University College of the Cayman Islands in 2009.  She attended UCCI over the following year
while working part-time to save for further education overseas, and engaged in
community development through organisations such as the Key Club, the Student
Representative Council of UCCI and church projects, including mission trips
abroad.

Ms Jackson is the daughter of
Nordel and Johnet Jackson of Beach Bay. 
She thanked the Water Authority and God for the opportunity, saying it
was a dream come true.

“The journey has just begun, but I
thank my family, friends and church family for the support and encouraging
words,” she said.

She looks forward to returning to
work with the Water Authority after she has completed her studies.

Jonathan Piercy, chairman of the
Water Authority Board at the time of the award, said that the Water Authority’s
scholarship programme is designed to provide higher education opportunities for
young Caymanians, but it doesn’t stop there. 

“Upon completion, many of the
scholarship recipients will be offered jobs with the Authority while others
will seek job opportunities elsewhere on the island,” he said.

“Employers must ensure that
Caymanians are provided with every opportunity to excel within the job
market.  The Authority continues to play
its part, and we certainly encourage the rest of the business community to do
their part by providing real tangible job opportunities for
our people.”

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